Lapidaria Margaretae (The Karoo Rose Plant)

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Lapidaria Margaretae is native to South Africa and Namibia. It thrives in ground-level quartz plains or fissures of red sand rocks with direct sunlight or under little bushes. Typically, you’ll see this succulent in stone crevices, loose stones, and rocky deserts.

Scientific Name:Lapidaria Margaretae
Other Names:Karoo Rose Plant, Kangaroo Rose, Mesembs
Growth Season:Autumn and Spring Seasons
Preferred Temperature:around 59 degrees Fahrenheit
Hardiness Zone:USDA Hardiness Zones 9b to 11b
Average Mature Height & Width:7 to 8 centimeters in height and width.
Dormancy:Summer Season
Toxicity:Lapidaria Margaretae is non-toxic to both humans and animals. You need not worry about leaving your pets or kids around this succulent.
Lapidaria Margaretae Summary

Lapidaria Margaretae’s Physical Characteristics

This succulent is small and typically looks like clustered rocks. Lapidaria Margaretae has a tiny root system. 

It grows in 2 to 4 leaf pairs. The leaves have a distinctive pyramidal shape and smooth surface. They are rounded triangular and usually color gray or pinkish at the base and paler color in the body. Each leaf is around 1.5 to 2 centimeters long and 1 centimeter wide. During winter, Lapidaria Margaretae produces a single yellow flower on top of the succulent. The flowers are bright and typically look like daisies. 

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Lapidaria Margaretae Care

This succulent is a low-maintenance plant. Just make sure that you take note of your plant’s growth and dormant period, as it is necessary for the watering frequency and feeding of your Lapidaria Margaretae. You must water your Lapidaria Margaretae once or twice a week during its growing season.

Watering frequency depends on the humidity levels. It is advisable to practice the soak-and-dry method when watering your Lapidaria Margaretae. You also need to check if the soil dries before watering, as it indicates that your succulent drains out correctly.

Lapidaria Margaretae thrives under full bright sunlight throughout the year. Gritty and fast-draining soil mixture for your succulent. Using a mineral-rich succulent is also advisable. You may feed your Lapidaria Margaretae once or twice a year during its growing season. Feeding your succulents help in providing nutrients to your plant. 

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Lapidaria Margaretae Growth

This succulent can be propagated through seeds or cuttings. It is advisable to only propagate during the succulent’s growing period. However, propagating anytime is also allowed if you are indoors or providing an artificial environment.

When propagating with cuttings, use clean garden scissors. Also, allowing your cuttings to be calloused before replanting helps avoid the bacterial transfer. Propagation through seeds might take at least three weeks to see any result. Your Lapidaria Margaretae might only need pruning to maintain its shape and size.

Since this succulent is slowly growing, you won’t need to repot it often. Use fresh soil to improve the draining and avoid root rot when repotting. Watch out for common pests that might infest your succulents, such as mealybugs and spiders.

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